Tutorials » All Design
January 25, 2013
In this week's tutorial I cover how to use the keyboard to adjust values in most fields in Adobe products. This can come in handy when making adjustments to things where you don't know what outcome you want, so you just want previews through the states.
January 18, 2013
In this week's tutorial I cover how to fake photo noise, which tends to appear in photos taken with a digital camera. This handy tip shows you how to add that noise to any edits you make so your edits become seamless.
January 11, 2013
In this week's tutorial I cover how to use the history brush in Photoshop. Generally speaking it's not one of the tools you use all the time, but knowing what it does can help you out of a bind sometimes. I cover how to make use of the history brush, and describe some techniques which may come in handy to use in your projects.
January 04, 2013
In this week's tutorial, I cover some things about the 'content aware' feature in newer (CS5+ I think) versions of Photoshop. I find these tips to be useful to avoid the "grrr, it's not doing what I want" problems that a lot of Photoshop features can have if you don't understand why they're doing what they are.
December 28, 2012
In this week's tutorial I cover how the use of the select menu to grab similar colors can help you out in your pathfinder operations. Mainly this tip helps you avoid getting lost in a sea of paths where you don't know what is what. With a little color preparation before using the pathfinder, everything becomes easy to follow.
December 21, 2012
In this week's tutorial, I cover a newer feature in Photoshop which allows you to stroke a path with a brush. This allows you to use the precise control of the pen tool to define where you first want your brush before using it. This is very helpful when trying to do a fine motion without a tablet, and I've found invaluable for doing things like feathering selections around individual hairs in a photo, or sticks or branches in trees.
December 14, 2012
In this week's tutorial I cover something all designers should know before embarking down the path to print work -- the difference between spot and process colors. This is mainly for color management in Illustrator, but it applies to programs with vector color management like InDesign as well. Here's your chance to learn all about it without a 3 hour college course lecture, or a stern condescending set of remarks from your print house when you send the files over wrong.
December 07, 2012
In this week's tutorial, I cover an option most people don't use very often: The 'Select Similar Layers' option from the Select menu. This will help you grab similar objects in Photoshop for quickly. When designing a website, this can help speed the process along by giving you more control over your layers. Works great for nudging a bunch of thumbnails, or text objects.
November 30, 2012
In this week's tutorial, I go over a more analog-tip for when working in design. This applies to when you scan something from a printed magazine, and you start to pick up the dot pattern of the ink. It feels like not many people even scan things anymore, but this little hint is something important to know for any time you do.
November 23, 2012
In this week's tutorial, I go over how to scale strokes and effects without losing the original look of the design. Knowing where to quickly set this setting allows you to manipulate your artwork, or prep it to give to someone else while having the confidence it's going to remain intact.